Mudroom and Playroom Project Update
In my last post on this project, I described the goals I had for the organization/decoration of two spaces on the lower level of our home, the mudroom (lower level entry) and the playroom. I am happy to report that I have made significant progress on both rooms. But first, a confession:
I called the I.A.M. (Ikea Assembly Man). When I looked at the number and size of boxes that arrived for me, I realized that it would take me every night until Christmas to put the stuff together. So, for the best $125 I ever spent, it was all put together in 2.5 hours.
Another note on my Ikea experience – I may not have revealed this one were it not for the fact that I ran into my friend/blog reader Julie as I walked through the doors of the store with a few huge boxes. “You have to blog about this!”, she exclaimed. So, here it is:
When ordering online, be sure to check your item quantities. I was so eager to make my purchases, I order an extra 2 bookcase pieces – big pieces at that. I had to load them into the car and take them back to the store myself. I opted to not incur the online shopping return shipping fee. Luckily I avoided straining any back muscles during the return process. I’m thinking my Friday heavy weight workouts are making a difference.
But perhaps you’re waiting to hear about my progress. Well, the mudroom is done. Yes – DONE! Everything went swimmingly. Furniture was in stock at all the retailers. Mark, the painter/handyman had a day open between jobs. And I found a few items that were packed away from our old house, that worked perfectly with the plan that Katharine provided.
As my D.I.Y. Design Kit outlined, instead of using traditional mudroom furniture concepts like cubbies or lockers, we would select pieces that concealed the clutter – do you notice a pattern here?
Katharine was clear that the plan was a guide. I followed most of it, but when I realized that the mirror she sourced was very similar to something we had, and that the lamps that she recommended were similar in scale to some we had in our old bedroom, I simply unpacked the boxes and was
pleased as punch – (did I really just use that expression?) stoked that I could tell Derek I was actually being frugal. Okay, not frugal, but not outrageous.
So, remember these before pics?
Well, now, the view from the wall you see when you walk in the door (note the helmet I need to return; I left it there for authenticity’s sake:
And here is the wall across from the mirror:
The system – which has been working like a charm all week:
The boys each have a shoe cabinet of their own; Derek and I each have two. They come downstairs, find their shoes:
They then remove their coat from the hook:
And then grab their hat and mitts from the labeled container on the labeled shelf, strategically concealed behind the door:
The guys love the “system” as we have all taken to calling it. They have added their ideas too. They have each claimed one of the two chairs as their own. They selected them based on the proximity to their own shoe cabinet.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Oh, and I am writing the playroom update as you read this.